Sorry to hear about the passing of former CFL great Hal Patterson. Patterson was easily the greatest receiver in the '50's when he was on the receiving end of passes from Sam Etcheverry while playing for the Montreal Alouettes. He continued his great play with the Tiger-Cats winning three Grey Cups while in Hamilton. Condolences go out to his family and friends.
I'm very sorry to hear this news as well.
Prince Hal was one of the greatest receivers in the history of Canadian football. We were fortunate to have him in Hamilton for several of his excellent seasons.
Never saw him play, but heard he was amazing. Sad to see him go
Hal was one reason the cats so good Durring the 60's
The Golden Era of ticats Football..
RIP Hal thank you for all you did for the CFL in Montreal and Hamilton
Way before my time but all great Ti-cats should be honoured. RIP Hal.
What a class act he was. Sad day.
A giant in the history of this league!
Oski Wee Wee,
Very sad news. My condolences to his loved ones.
Hal Patterson was a big part of the Tiger-Cats history.
Great memories for me.
Condolences to his family.
Hal Patterson as you younger folks may have deduced by now, was one of the greatest ever to play the game.
He suffered greatly in his later years and eventually succumbed a couple of days ago. I was privileged to see him
play in Hamilton and Montreal an find myself truly grieving his loss now.
Condolences to his family and all of us who will miss him.
Both him and Garney Henley played both ways at times during their careers, and watching both of them as team mates was indeed an honour and a thrill. "Prince Hal" was in a class of his own, that's for sure !! Condolences to his family.
Also noted at ESPN http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story ... on-dies-79
Montreal Alouettes' Hal Patterson (75) makes a spectacular one-handed pass interception at Empire Stadium in Vancouver during Grey Cup game against the Edmonton Eskimos. The ball was intended for Rollie Miles (98). At rear, is Al's Johnny Williams, No. 86. Edmonton went on to win the game 34-19.[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/former-cfl-great-hal-patterson-dies-at-79/article2245644/]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/f ... le2245644/[/url]
How Patterson and Coffee weren't playing in the NFL they were better than most there, but we were sure glad they were here. We lose a great one, now he's playing in the biggest league... RIP Hal.
Not sure about this, but I think the money earned was pretty much the same, and I even seem to recall reading that there was a time the CFL paid a little more.
Again, IIRC, it was the advent of large TV audiences and Monday Night Football in the 70s that led the NFL to become a TV product.
Changing Times During the next few decades, player salaries depended on their star quality and the teams they played for. Some teams were stingy with money, while others paid in other ways--in the late 1950s, Baltimore Colts often got free beer after games. Starting around the late 1950s, players demanded a league minimum, but that fell on deaf ears. The average player at the time was getting less than $6,000 per season.
The Financial Breakthrough
The Players Association finally won recognition in 1970, and the owners agreed to a $9,000 minimum salary for rookies and $10,000 for veterans. The minimum salary crept higher through the 1970s.
Rival leagues often helped escalate salaries. In the 1960s, it was the AFL, followed by the WFL in the 1970s and the USFL in the 1980s. Salaries jumped due to bidding, including the famous John Brodie case where he was offered close to $750,000 to go to the AFL. He had been making $35,000 in the NFL.
The Big Money
The NFL strikes in 1982 and 1987 led to an explosion in salaries because the players won the rights to get more team revenues as well as the ability to bargain collectively. That helped average salaries go from $198,000 in 1986 to almost $800,000 by the start of the 1993 season.
Read more: NFL Salary History | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5005953_nfl-s ... z1eYxGeaSx
Hal Patterson was before my time, but it's still sad to hear about this.
My condolences go out to those who knew him.
Fond memories of Prince Hal and his contributions to the great Ti-Cat teams of the sixties. Guest book can be signed at Morrell Funeral Home Larned Kansas.
A personalized autographed picture of Prince Hal hangs in my rec room. I saw him play and there is no doubt in my mind that he was the best receiver ever to play in Canada. I still remember his catch in the south west endzone against the BC Lions. Frank Cosentino threw a beautiful spiral that #77 elevated to catch between two defenders. It was as if you were watching it in slow motion.
In a violent game of Moscas and Barrows, Harold Patterson was graceful. When he ran, his head never seemed to move and his catches seemed effortless. He made the game look easy. I will miss him.
Pat Lynch (the old guy)
Story on Halhttp://www.tsn.ca/columnists/alex_walling/?id=381677
My sincere condolences to the family of "Prince Hal" Harold Patterson.
Last year when I asked my wife for a vintage Ticat jersey for Christmas I thought long and hard over which number and name to have emblazoned on it. If I chose a current Cat that would likely put the curse of Mike on him and he would either be cut or traded soon after. So I chose to go with 77.
While remembering watching Ticat games as a young feller in the early 60's I didn't have any specific memories of Hal, but I do recall my 5 year older brother telling me that if Patterson could even just touch the football he would make the catch. This is why I chose him for my sweater. Quite frankly there was never a greater receiver in any league. That he chose to play in the CFL was our good fortune. It is always sad when such a giant leaves us.
It would be nice if the CFL would choose to honour his memory by creating a new trophy to be given each year to the receiver with the most receiving yards during the season.
"It would be nice if the CFL would choose to honour his memory by creating a new trophy to be given each year to the receiver with the most receiving yards during the season."
I like that idea, Mike. I think even the sound of it is nice "The Hal Patterson Award".
Give David Braley a call. After all, he may soon be the interim Commissioner, if Cohon is not renewed. Dave, though, may not go for it, since Hal was not a former Argo or BC Lion.